In Houston in Week 5, Texans-Raiders had come down to a final play. Matt Schaub took the snap, scrambled, scrambled some more, and then flicked a desperation pass towards the end zone, where Michael Huff intercepted it. Oakland had won, 25-20, to move to 3-2 on the year. But the game meant more than that.
One day earlier, Al Davis -- the team's owner, and the man who molded the Raiders in his image for nearly half a century -- had died at age 82. In his long career, Davis had been a coach, general manager, commissioner, Super Bowl champion, Hall of Famer, and -- as his own immortal words, "Just win, baby," indicated, a man who always strove to make his team run better.
"The NFL Season: A Biography presented by SAP" pays tribute this week to an NFL icon -- the patriarch of the Silver and Black.